Cars and trucks are the top consumers of palm oil in Europe. Palm oil consumption in Europe is driving deforestation in many parts of the tropics such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Congo Basin, and lately in South America too. It’s an environmental problem that also causes social upheaval.
What role does the EU play in this? How is Europe’s biofuels policy contributing to this problem? What are the solutions?
In order to strengthen the EU’s energy efficiency, as well as reduce its carbon footprint, important legislation (carbon budgets for non-ETS sectors and the Energy Efficiency Directive among others) will be negotiated this year.
Kindly supported by the German Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Transport & Environment and The Coalition for Energy Savings are organising this event to explain how energy efficiency and global warming are interlinked, how to deal with these issues at European and national level, and how this will benefit multiple sectors.
The event will be kindly hosted by MEP Carolina Punset (Alde, Spain).
Please find the draft agenda here for more information about the event - confirmation will follow shortly.
Register here before 26 January.
This event explores how to set Europe on a path to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement, but it will also look at the ample opportunities that already exist for emission cuts in sectors such as agriculture and transport. Carbon Market Watch and Transport & Environment will also use this occasion to launch a new user-friendly online tool that calculates the impact of flexibilities on the legislation’s emissions reduction potential.
The event is kindly co-hosted by MEPs Dr. Miriam Dalli (S&D), Merja Kyllönen (GUE), and Benedek Jábor (Greens/EFA). Speakers at the event include Hans Bergman (European Commission), researchers as well as representatives from the business and NGO communities.
The European Commission have earmarked over €100 billion to spend on transport infrastructure in the current EU budget. The Commission also have committed to a 60% reduction in transport emissions before 2050. Meanwhile, transport emissions continue to rise across the continent. European countries have established national climate targets under both the Paris agreement and the ESR. If we are to meet such climate targets then investments will need to be made in order to succeed with our goals. Change goes where the money flows: if we are to decarbonise our transport sector then EU spending will need to play a larger role in ensuring that.
The Paris Agreement’s objectives cannot be achieved without action to address rapidly growing emissions from international aviation and shipping, however these emissions sit outside of national targets. At the conclusion of COP21, the two UN agencies which regulate these sectors (ICAO for aviation and IMO for shipping) promised big action in 2016. Did they deliver?
The event will consider what progress, if any, was made this year, what impact it may have on these sectors and what needs to happen now.
Representatives from international companies, the European Commission, regional and national governments as well as the research sector will present innovative examples and recent evidence for electrified goods delivery and public transport. In Europe, electromobility can boost cities' and countries’ industrial strength while contributing to meet climate targets. MEP Miriam Dalli will deliver concluding remarks.
A networking lunch will follow the event, giving you the opportunity to discuss benefits of electrifying city logistics and public transportation systems with policymakers from EU institutions.
For more information find the programme here.
Addressing representatives of Member States, Commission Representatives and MEPs, this event will release and discuss new evidence on which incentives Europe can give to accelerate the ultra-low-emission vehicles market and reach climate targets in the transport sector.
After 3 years of work, ICAO is due to agree a global climate deal for international aviation at its triennial assembly Sept 27 - Oct 7th. The outcome will be closely watched to see if the sector can take action to limit is considerable and growing climate impact.
Transport & Environment and Carbon Market Watch, with the support of WWF European Policy Office and AEF, organise a post-assembly lunch event to consider the outcome of the assembly and its implications for European climate and aviation policy. The event will present expert analysis of any agreement and discuss what are the next steps, in particular implications for the EU Emission Trading System.
Please register here.
The Commission will soon present its plans for new vehicle safety standards. This will be a unique opportunity to propose safety improvements for cars, vans and trucks. This truck safety conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, safety organisations, cities and businesses to discuss how new standards could help EU countries to make their roads and streets safer.
This dinner, kindly hosted by Christel Schaldemose MEP and Ivan Štefanec MEP, will aim to contribute to the current Parliament and Council deliberations on the newly proposed type approval reform. The discussion will touch on the key provisions that are necessary to make the EU vehicle testing system more robust and independent, such as giving the Commission power to re-test cars, having better market surveillance of vehicles on the road, having better accountability of national regulators, and increased transparency.
Speakers will include representatives from EU institutions, consumers, technical services, third party testing organisations and NGOs.